Reliable Wide to Portrait Zoom, Light, Reliable, SHARP
Stephanie Sullivan, Amazon
23 February 2015
Summary: This Zuiko 14-42mm lens came as a kit lens with my Olympus E30 purchased back in 2010. It is impressively sharp for a kit lens and has that famous Olympus color consistency. It isn't fast with an max aperture of f/3.5 to 5.6 so not so good for dim lighting without flash.
Summary: I have just about every Olympus micro four thirds lens and this is the one that I am most impressed with. I find the pictures to be sharper and colors better than with the 40 - 150mm and 14 - 42ez, which are both good lenses. It has a nice weight and feels very solid.
Summary: I have to admit that this review should have been written couple years ago when I have purchased this lens. I have put it on my Olympus EPL-1 and it stays there all the time, unless I use my fish eye lens.
Summary: For what it is, I find it to be pleasantly sharp all around - wide & tele, wide open & stopped down. It captures great images, and this plus the fine Olympus 60mm macro are all I need for an excellent day in the backcountry.
Summary: Nice lens. I use it on Blackmagic Pocket Cinema camera and autofocus feature does work. However, 14mm is not wide enough on the Pocket Cinema camera to be much use when filming people indoors – unless you are going for strictly closeup shots. For telephoto shots, the lens is great!